“When is the Chicago History Museum Free in 2020?” by S.M. O’Connor

The Chicago Historical Society’s Chicago History Museum (C.H.M.) is free for Illinois residents every Tuesday (excluding the 12th of May and Tuesdays in July and August) from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition, it is free for Illinois residents on Mondays and Wednesdays in January from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Further, it is free for Illinois residents on Commemorative Days: Martin Luther King, Junior Day (Monday, January 20, A.D. 2020): Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 17, A.D. 2020); Wednesday, March 4, A.D. 2020; and Independence Day (Saturday, July 4, A.D. 2020). Children who reside in Illinois always enjoy free admission.

Normally, General Admission is $19 for adults, $17 for senior citizens (ages sixty-five-and-over) and college students (ages nineteen-through-twenty-two).  In one place on the C.H.M. Website, it states children (eighteen-and-under) are free if they are Illinois residents, and in another place it says children under eighteen are free if they reside in Illinois.  Wintrust sponsors Free Museum Admission for children under eighteen. Residents of Chicago receive a $2 discount.  Children from outside Illinois also enjoy free admission if they are twelve-and-under.

Other Offers

Admission is free for members of the C.H.M., the DuSable Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art, and The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture.  With valid identification, admission is free for all active-duty U.S. Armed Services personnel and veterans, all active-duty members of the Chicago Police Department (C.P.D.) and Chicago Fire Department (C.F.D.), and Illinois teachers.  Admission is also free for pre-registered school field trips, Park Voyagers, and Kids Museum Passport Holders.  Park Voyagers and Kids Museum Passport Holders must show their passes.

Museums for All

The C.H.M. offers discounted admission of $3 to individuals and families who present an Electronic Benefits Transfer (E.B.T.) card and a valid photo identification card.  A maximum of four adults is allowed per E.B.T. card.

Blue Star Museums

The C.H.M. is a Blue Star Museum and is proud to offer free admission to active-duty members of the military, including the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Marine Corps, Reservists, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the National Guard, with up to five family members.  This program runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  This program is thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.


The C.H.M. offers a discounted admission of $3 with verification of participation in W.I.C.

The Museum Hours are normally 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; and from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  It will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26, A.D. 2020); Christmas Day (Friday, December 25, A.D. 2020); and New Year’s Day (Friday, January 1, A.D. 2021).  There will be short hours on the days before those holidays.  The C.H.M. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, A.D. 2020; Thursday, December 24, A.D. 2020; and Thursday, December 31, A.D. 2020.   The Research Center is open from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.  It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.  The Café is open from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays and from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Public parking is located one block north of the C.H.M. at the intersection of Clark Street and LaSalle Street.  Enter at Stockton Drive.  Parking is $10 with C.H.M. validation.  Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards are accepted.  There specially designated parking spots for people with mobility devices.

The C.H.M. is located at the southwest corner of the Chicago Park District’s Lincoln Park.  It sits in the Old Town neighborhood within the Lincoln Park Community Area (Community Area #7) on the North Side of Chicago. The address is 1601 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60614.  The phone number is (312) 642-4600.

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